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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Well, according to Tina Turner it’s a ‘sweet old fashioned notion’. But love is so much more than that. Love is timeless. It never goes out of style. In light of February being the month of “love”, its only right that this month we talk about LOVE! What pops into your mind when you think about love? Your spouse? Your parents? Your friends? That failed relationship that left you thinking you would never love again? Does God immediately pop in your head?

Most people are always so focused on receiving love, they chase after it, demand it and sometimes would do anything for it, but I wonder how many lives would be changed if instead of focusing on receiving love, we focused on giving love. When we truly love one another, we give each other permission to be ourselves, to be vulnerable, to admit our faults and shortcomings without regard of what someone may think, and we are able to do this because perfect love cast out fear! When we truly love someone and we are loved, we feel like we can conquer anything, and even if we make a mistake we know that we are loved beyond our faults and because of that we have no fear with trying again.

We underestimate the power of love, and how the love that has been given to us should be extended to those around us. If you ever wanted to test how much love resides inside of you, take a look at how you treat those around you. In the book of Proverbs chapter 12 it reads

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.

Some might read this and roll their eyes because what they’ve seen of love has not been beautiful, it has not been uplifting, it has not given them courage. Its important that we don’t shun the notion of love, or never extend love to others, especially if you’re a person of faith. John 15:12 puts its quite simply

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

No metaphor, no parable, this is a straightforward command that because He loves us and has shown us how to love, we are to do the same.

Tina Turner kept asking over and over what love had to do with it. And the answer is, it has to do with EVERYTHING! We were made to love and to be loved.

How do you like to share or show love to others? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

-Kiara Janai

Next Week: Let’s talk about Self Love

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2016: Got Faith Goals?

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Well folks, it looks like we’re coming to the end of another year! With a year ending comes endless social media posts about all that things that we are either leaving behind in 2015 or the things we will pursue in 2016. Often times these posts consist of starting a business, making and saving more money, traveling more, paying off debt, or starting an exercise regimen.

While all of these all great things, this morning I woke up and wondered how much would our lives be enhanced in the new year if instead of focusing so much on the “being a better me” goals, we wrote down our faith goals for the year. What Is A Faith Goal? I look at these as goals to help you grow deeper in your relationship with God! After all, when we begin to align our lives correctly with God, he will begin a work in us so great and everything that is for our lives will be attracted to us.

So in the next few days while you’re taking moments to reflect and figure out what you want out of life for 2016, I encourage you to take time to figure out how you want to grow in your walk with Christ in the New Year!

I’ll share a few of mine with you and the reasoning behind them!

Monthly Book of the Bible Study: Although I try to read my Bible everyday, I want to go more in depth during my study time, so for this year my goal is to focus on a book each month to study and explore. For January I’ll start to the Book of Romans!

Study & Develop Spiritual Gifts: I’ve always ran away from the spiritual  gifts God has blessed me with, mostly because I didn’t understand how to use and apply them in my everyday life. So I have a goal to study these gifts so I can effectively use them in the purpose He has for my life!

Pray For An Hour Everyday: This is something that has been on my heart to do for awhile. Prayer is so essential in our relationship with God, just like any other relationship. If I can spend an hour on social media, watching a movie or talking to a friend, I should be able to spend a consistent hour in prayer with my Heavenly Father. I won’t jump right into this, but will start with 15 minutes straight, then 20 minutes etc. until I’m able to pray for an hour straight with no distractions.​

~Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.~ Colossians 2:7

What Are Some Of Your 2016 Faith Goals? Share with me in the comments!

Sincerely,

Rhapsody

 

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What Are You Fertile Ground For?

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If you look up the word fertile in the Dictionary you’ll find the definition reads capable of growing and developing; able to mature. When a farmer is planting seeds for his crops to grow, he hopes that his seeds will be planted on fertile ground, the whole point is for whatever he is planting to grow and mature and you can’t do that without fertile ground.

The other day I made a series of snaps on Snapchat (my friends call them ‘snap sermons’) about being purposeful and selective about the people you closely tie yourself to, and I used Jesus as an example of how he was always around people, interacted with people, but those He was closest with (disciples), He was super selective about.

The next morning I woke up and had a feeling I should delete them, thoughts ran across my mind and I began to doubt I thought “Just delete it”, “You don’t know what you’re talking about” “People are probably getting annoyed by you talking about God so much”. After a moment I stopped and said outloud “Kiara are you doubting? Why are you thinking that way?” Just that quick, a seed of doubt was planted in my mind.

I took a moment and began communicating with God trying to figure out why that even happened. He showed me how the enemy will plant bad seeds in your mind to make you doubt what God has spoken to you or told you to say. Now if I hadn’t been pursuing Christ in the way that I have been and took the time to pray about what I was thinking, that seed would have began to get developed throughout my whole day. It would have made me doubt my ability at work, doubt my connections to people, doubt what God has called me to do. It would have slowly taken root in my spirit and would have made for a miserable day.

After praying I chuckled and said “Devil, you tried it! But do you know who my Father is? You only come to kill, steal and destroy, and you have no business here, so keep it moving and try that somewhere else, because it won’t grow here, and this temple is NOT fertile ground for doubt! Through this incident, I was reminded how important it is to stay connected to God and to be secure in what He says about my  life.

I want you to take a moment and think about what type of seeds you’re fertile ground for. Are you allowing bad seeds such as fear, doubt, and worry to be devloped and matured inside of you or are you allowing good (God) seeds such as faith, courage and love to be planted?

Choose today to let God seeds take root in your mind, body and spirit!

Sincerely, Rhapsody

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